‘In the midst of life we are in death’ – theological reflections on the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 8, 2020 by

by Martin Davie:

The purpose of these reflections .

As I indicated at the end of last week’s blog, I have now reached a mid-point in my ‘Basic Christian primer on sex. marriage, and family life.’ This week I am going to take a week’s break from producing the primer in order to consider instead how we might view the current coronavirus pandemic theologically from the perspective of a Christian understanding of God and his relationship to the world in general, and the human race in particular.

The reason I am doing this is because I believe that those, like myself, who feel that the senior leaders of the Church of England have failed thus far to produce an adequate theological response to the pandemic are under a moral obligation to spell out what we think such a response might look like.  It is not enough to be critical of what they have said (or not said). We have also to provide them with the resources to say something better.  This essay is my attempt to discharge this obligation.

This is a lengthy essay because I feel there is a need for a substantial piece of theological reflection on the current situation which draws on what we learn from the Bible, the Prayer Book and the wider Christian tradition about how to understand it and respond appropriately to it.  A brief comment or blog post simply would not provide the kind of resource piece which I think orthodox Anglicans need at the moment.

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